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Website region selection on first visit

I am creating a new multilingual website where we have a single primary domain (.com) and the language is handled via different URL routings e.g: www.foobar.com/US/About www.foobar.com/UK/About ...
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How annoying is it to see your native language rendered with no accents?

I'm localizing my iOS app. All of the screen text, though, is rendered in a handwriting font made by our designer... that contains no special characters. (Yeah, roll your eyes. Go for it.) As I'm now ...
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Show a password strength indicator without text?

Do people know what it means when there is a coloured bar that shows up below their password as they type? The users that will be using this form will be from all over the world and most likely ...
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Can't get users to choose the language they speak on language learning site

I making this website for users to learn languages. The idea is for them to choose a language they understand and a language they want to learn. In the home page the users choose a language they ...
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Looking for plain language resources [closed]

I'm familiar with Letting go of the Words and www.plainlanguage.gov, and I have seen Sandra Fisher-Martins' Ted Talk, but I was wondering if there were any other sources, particularly academic ...
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What are users attitudes towards help buttons

I was wondering, given the wealth of awful help menus foisted on us by various services, whether actually describing the manual area of your application as 'help' was a good idea or not. Do users ...
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What would be a good placement for a translation menu that works well on the desktop and mobile versions of a website?

I'm designing a website and I need a visible menu for the English translation. I'm looking for a good placement for mobile and desktop. Right now I found 2014.ictdays.it as a good solution for the ...
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Passive Aggressive (consider revising) - will spell checker detect possible inappropriate language?

On occasion I'm in the wrong mood for writing e-mails, word documents and presentations. I know when that happens, and I "let it snow" a little before submitting. But if this was possible to detect, ...
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Common website phrases in multiple languages?

Is there a resource anywhere that lists common web UI phrases in multiple languages? I'm interested in having quick access to translations of phrases like cancel, save, welcome, and so on for quick ...
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Why does Stack Exchange require you to click to be turned down? [duplicate]

On any Stack Exchange site you can't vote for your own question. So, Why does it give you the option, and then reject your vote? Would it not be better just not to have the option? This way they are ...
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Hyphenating URLs and email addresses that would overflow their container?

This is clearly bad UX and web development: It's important to make sure that email addresses and URLs don't overflow the container, but also that they are fully visible. But should the email ...
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Changing the language of a website

While travelling abroad, I often get pages on websites that are normally in English for me (e.g. images.google.com) served instead in whatever the local language is. The problem is that I can't read ...
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Is there a less technical term than “required field” when marking fields with an asterisk?

Recently the question Is the term 'field' too technical when giving messages on a form? was asked with the top-rated answer saying that in messages, you should instead refer to the information that is ...
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Multi Language Name Input

We are developing a Client Application that supports multiple languages. We have some MasterData that requires to have a localized Name (e.g a Product is named different in every location). When ...
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What language/wording is best to indicate the max character count on a text box has been exceeded?

Scenario After a user attempts to submit a form I am providing validation messages against any invalid fields. On one of those fields the user has gone over the max allowed character count. Example ...
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Is the term 'field' too technical when giving messages on a form?

When writing help or validation messages on a form I usually write something along the lines of: "This field is required" "5 fields need to be corrected on this form" etc Is the term field too ...
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What's the rationale behind forcing users into one of their local languages?

One of the things that irk me about Origin, Uplay and a couple of other digital distribution platforms for games is that, because I live in Belgium, I cannot choose to browse their store in English. I ...
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Should shortcut keys (such as Ctrl+A) be global when switching a program into another language?

When I switch to another language rather than English in Libra Office I can't select my whole text with CTRL+A, because now I have switched to non-English language. Isn't it better to select text ...
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What are common header navigation items on mobile websites in Korea?

I am not sure if I should keep our standard header or make some modifications. For example, do certain colors have significant meaning? is a certain eye movement more natural? What is the equivalent ...
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Setting a default localization in a website

We are having trouble understanding the best case for UX when it comes to default language/locale on a website At the moment, the website behave like this: a predefined list of languages is set - in ...
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Will this layout work with other languages?

I'm working on a reminder application. Specifically, I'm now building the snooze functionality. I'd like to do a layout using buttons like this: Snooze for 15 minutes Clicking minutes allows you ...
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Best way to set user language

My current strategy for choosing a language to present a Web page or an app is: I look at HTTP Accept-Language from the browser, or "Locale Settings" from the phone, then: If the language is not ...
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Is it good to change keyboard's input language automatically in JavaScript?

In some websites and web applications, there are forms to be filled by the end user. In multilingual contexts, some developers try to change the input language of the keyboard, or hook to the field ...
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English for Ireland

I am not sure is it a proper place to ask this question but I was not able to find more suitable SE site. If you can move it in a proper site it will be nice. My website supports US and UK English. I ...
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Should a UI say “My Stuff”, or “Your Stuff”? [duplicate]

I've been getting some different opinions on this question, and wondered if anyone has a well-motivated response. Basically, if I have a part of a website that's called "My something" or "Your ...
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Does language preference depend on context?

Do people generally have different language preferences, whether we are talking Operating System, Phone or Website? My own preference is: Operating System: English Phone: Native Language Website: ...
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Which is the best way to select a language from 400 possibilities?

We are defining a language selector for 400 languages. Given the massive number of languages compared to other websites, we applied several mechanisms to reduce the complexity of the language list. ...
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Should autocorrect include swear words out of the box?

Let's not hide it - it is just common language. Many people do call their friends "b * * * * * s" or "m * * * * rf * * * * rs", and there is no negative context to it. The iOS autocorrect feature ...
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Shall I use the term 'Gallery' or 'Library' for a collection of items?

I have a collection of items that a user can choose from. I need to give this collection a name but I am unsure as to what. I don't want to use the collection name 'Saved Items' as this will confuse ...
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Multilanguage selection [duplicate]

Working on an awesome web-based product, I saw how multi language selection was implemented within the application. Some key specs were: Users must be able to set a temporary language (set in ...
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How make language option easy to find for people speaking another language than the one shown?

As suggested in another question I decided to show the language names in native language itself in the language selector on my page, instead of using country flags. The dropdown box shows the current ...
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Best way to represent multiple foreign language selections

This question is different from the one asked here: Language of language names in the language selector?. I'm designing a map that enables a potential employer to find a candidate based on the ...
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Translating a UI from English to a language with different constructs

I am trying to translate an application with an English UI into Hindi. The menu items such as Edit in English can be interpreted as either nouns or verbs, which doesn't seem to matter as much. While ...
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Selection menu at Login Screen for Language and Culture

I have a web application which has An UI Language (All the normal translations) A Culture (Things like Number Formats and Date Formats) The user should choose his Language and Culture at the Login ...
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Why are the Google Translate dropdown options all in English? [closed]

In the Google Translate dropdown on my site, all of the language options are displayed in English. So let's say someone who only speaks Arabic gets to my site and wants to choose his language.. how is ...
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Which gender should I write to

In my language (Hebrew) verbs can be appointed to either male or female, written in a bit different form. (there is no form referring to both). Which gender should I write "to" (what form of verbs ...
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Designing bidi text editing

Background. "Bidi" refers to the bidirectional text, that is a text where traditional left-to-right scripts are intermixed with right-to-left ones, such as Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, Thaana, etc. Such ...
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What sounds better for non technical users?

We have a system that allows you to configure analytics for your website and include goals that you would like to track, goals can be defined by page visits or image pixels fired for instance, in case ...
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Is it absolutely necessary to show the currently selected language in a language selector?

There are three choices of language. At least on mobile it would be nice if I could save a little space in the footer by omitting the currently active language. This seems risky though as it means the ...
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Is “<Object name>: <quantity>” notation acceptable in most popular localization?

This question was originally asked in the linguistics SE (which is not a good place to ask this kinds of thing). Full question follows I follow the software localization guideline, that states ...
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Should i use country flags in language selection fields?

My users can create content in different languages, and i need to provide an option to choose the language when they enter new content. Right now there are only 5 languages (en, fr, de, pt, es), and ...
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Country/Region Specific locales: How much is it important?

In our website, we are providing more than one language choice, so users will be able to use the website if they knew any of these languages. However, it surprised me that one site I've visited ...
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How should keyboard mnemonics be localized?

Is there a standard approach to localizing (internationalize) keyboard mnemonics? For example, in Windows Notepad in English, if the user types Alt+E then P, the Edit menu opens and then the Paste ...
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Save language preference for next visit?

We are creating a language dialog that suggest the user to change language based on the set browser language. E.g. if someone with browserlanguage ch-de visits our English website, a dialog at the top ...
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A good solution how to localize and let user choose language on HTML page

I read another question where a poster states that flags should not be used for languages since flags represent countries. In my mind I agree but in my eye this solution is the best: Do you agree ...
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Language of language names in the language selector?

Imagine a site that's available in multiple languages. The language is detected automatically by looking at the IP or the browser header. But that's not bulletproof, so a few users might end up on a ...
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How do you sort/group a list of languages displayed in their native language? [duplicate]

I saw some discussions about internationalization and localization, and saw some examples of lists displaying languages written in that specific language. I think it is quite confusing to try and sort ...
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What is the best mechanism for language and country selection?

I need my users to choose their country to use my site. The French version has a totally different setup to the English version, for example. I'm The trouble is, if I merely ask the user for their ...
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How to handle language detection and suggestion?

In a website that offers translated versions of the website in various languages (6), how should we handle language detection and suggestion? My theory is that: Users hate splash screens in which ...
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How to graphically represent a language

Websites often present language selection to users with flag icons, but I think this is simply wrong. Flags represent countries. There are two reasons for a user to change the display language (or at ...